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VHA Office of Rural Health


Congress established the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health (ORH) in 2006 (38 USC § 7308) to conduct, coordinate, promote and disseminate research on issues that affect the nearly five million Veterans who reside in rural communities.  The mandate also requires ORH to develop, refine and promulgate policies, best practices, lessons learned, and innovative and successful programs.

ORH fulfils its mission by supporting targeted research, developing innovative programs and identifying new care models.  Working through its five Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers as well as partners from academia, state and local governments, private industry and non-profit organizations, ORH strives to break down the barriers separating rural Veterans from quality care.